A local cement maker has dismissed one of its senior staff over allegations of inefficiency, abuse of office and poor performance.
Ms Rose Gituma, who was the acting head of finance at East African Portland Cement Company (Eapcc), has been accused of failure to resolve outstanding issues with the company’s suppliers, among other improprieties.
The company made its recommendations following the findings of an independent report from the Integrity Assurance Officer (IAO), which revealed that there were outstanding payments amounting to Sh7.4 million to its suppliers, dating back four years.
“There is a general inefficiency and apparent lack of supervision in your department. This is demonstrated by inordinate delays in undertaking various duties; failure to prioritise payments leading to frequent denial of services by suppliers,” read the letter seen by Nation dated August 1 and signed by managing director Kephar Tande.
The revelations of delayed or slow payments to the suppliers arose after Eapcc contracted IAO to probe a complaint by Geocon Entreprises, a transportation firm, citing outstanding payments.
Some of the suppliers include Vineto Enterprises, who supplied items worth Sh3.28 million, and Faircon General Equipment’s spares amounting to Sh195,100 in 2009. They are yet to receive payment despite a 30-day promissory period.
Others are Betamek Equipments (Sh700,000), Pacific Stationers (Sh700,000), Bevaj Furniture (Sh442,830), Kep Services(Sh993,424) and Vivid Communications (Sh458,200).